The Lower Mainland’s best things to do on rainy days include visiting Vancouver museums, restaurants, indoor attractions and entertainment venues.
Vancouver offers so many fun things to do indoors, which is good seeing as we get so much rain!
Rainy Day Things to Do
So where should one go to escape the wet stuff? Below are a few suggestions, including special seasonal activities plus lists of dry places for people of all ages, for children specifically and for adults.
Seasonal Places Indoors
Good places to be on rainy days this time of year include the following:
- Family Favourites Movies – $2.99 movies on Saturday mornings at select Cineplex theatres until December 9, 2017, and then starting back up again on January 13, 2018.
- Cirque du Soleil – Kurios shows under the big top at Concord Pacific Place from mid-October until December 31, 2017.
- Christmas Craft Markets – there are holiday artisan markets most weekends throughout the Lower Mainland between now and the middle of December. Check them out!
- Indoor Christmas Attractions
- FlyOver Canada – the flying film attraction at Canada Place has a Christmas theme this time of year.
- Glow Christmas – indoor Christmas light displays in a massive greenhouse in Langley.
- Christmas at the Cannery – Christmas tree displays in the historic site at Steveston Village.
- Gingerbread Lane – gingerbread-house displays at the Grand Hyatt on Burrard Street.
- Indoor Sporting Events
- Any of Vancouver’s Best Restaurants.
Dry Places for Folk of All Ages
Great indoor Vancouver places any time of the year include the following:
- BC Sports Hall of Fame – a sports museum located at BC Place Stadium.
- FlyOver Canada – a film and flight simulation attraction at Canada Place.
- Grouse Mountain – ... if it happens to be above the clouds (so check before you go).
- Metrotown – if you want to do some giant-shopping-mall shopping.
- Museum of Vancouver (MOV) – the best place to learn about Vancouver history indoors.
- Pacific Centre Mall – a good place for indoor shopping in downtown Vancouver.
- Vancouver Aquarium – some of the attraction is still outside though, so don’t forget your umbrella.
- Vancouver Maritime Museum – good if you like maritime history and want a dry place.
- Professional Sports Games (including ones with the following local teams):
- Vancouver Canucks – NHL hockey at Rogers Arena from October until around April.
- Vancouver Giants – WHL junior hockey at the Langley Events Centre from September until around March.
- Vancouver Whitecaps – Major League Soccer at BC Place Stadium from March until October.
- BC Lions – CFL Canadian football from June until around November at BC Place Stadium.
- Vancouver Canadians – NWL baseball at Nat Bailey Stadium from June until September.
- For more good places and things to do for people of all ages in Vancouver on a rainy day, check out Vancouver’s Best Places for Entertainment and Vancouver’s Best Restaurants.
Rainy Day Places for Kids
Wondering what to do with children on a wet, miserable day? Below are some great kid-friendly rainy day places.
- Castle Fun Park – home to the best indoor mini golf in the Fraser Valley (plus outdoor go karts, bumper cars, batting cages and more).
- Chuck E. Cheese – a fun place to take young children in Langley.
- Funky Monkey Fun Park – laser tag, bumper cars, pirate ship ride and playground at 13853-104 Avenue in Surrey.
- The Great Escape – an indoor family entertainment centre with mini golf, laser tag, toddler zone and more at 20645 Langley Bypass in Langley.
- H.R. MacMillan Space Centre – home of Vancouver’s planetarium.
- Science World – a great IMAX Theatre and lots of cool science stuff to see.
- Sky Zone Trampoline Park – an indoor trampoline centre near the Pattullo Bridge in Surrey.
- Watermania – one of the Lower Mainland’s best aquatic centres, and a best place for children in Richmond.
- West Vancouver Aquatic Centre – another one of the best indoor aquatic centres in Metro Vancouver.
- If you don’t mind the rain and want to take in other top attractions without the crowds, check out Vancouver’s Best Places for Children, for top things to do with kids in general.
Adult Rainy Day Activities
For great bars and restaurants, check out Vancouver’s best places to eat and drink. Just don’t worry about places with fancy views though – if the weather is bad you won’t be able to see much.
For music, theatre and other performances around town, check out Vancouver’s Best Places’ Shows and Entertainment Calendar.
Indoor places that are of interest to people of all ages, but in particular adults, include the following:
- Beaty Biodiversity Museum – a museum with a biological collection at UBC.
- Bill Reid Gallery – a Northwest Coast Indigenous art gallery in downtown Vancouver.
- Vancouver Art Gallery – a great place for art and to escape the rain.
- Museum of Anthropology – a very good anthropological museum at UBC.
And if you’re feeling lucky, maybe check out one of Vancouver’s casinos. Just take a limited amount of money, no more than you’re willing to lose happily, and play for fun. As they say, ‘know your limit, play within it!’
- Edgewater Casino – a casino at False Creek in Yaletown.
- Grand Villa Casino – a casino in Burnaby.
- Hard Rock Casino – a Coquitlam casino.
- River Rock Casino Resort – a popular casino in Richmond.
- Hastings Race Course – a horse-racing venue at the PNE Fairgrounds.
For other great things to do rain or shine, check out Vancouver’s Best Places Calendar of Events.